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as the volunteer firefightrs were arriving on scene.police say 62-year- old william spangler was perched like a sniper.firing off rounds towards the unsuspecting first responders. two were killed. 43 year old mike chiapperini - who also served as the town's police department public information officer. and 19-year-old tomasz kachoofka. ka-choofka and chiapperini's son were best friends. >> people get up in the middle of the night to put out fires that they do not expect to be shot and killed. >> reporter: two other firefighters who were shot are expected to recover. police say before dawn.the suspect, william spengler set a house and car on fire to lure the firefighters. as soon as they arrived, police say he started shooting. while police were looking for the shooter.the fire spread.engulfing 7 homes. the suspect was eventually found dead near the fire scene.after apparently shooting himself. and he was not even allowed to have a gun. spangler is a convicted felon.he was convicted of beating his 92-year-old grandmother to death with a hammer back in 19-80. spangler served 17 years - and poli
. police say they were shot and killed on christmas eve by william spangler when they responded to a fire he set. >> gregg: president george w. h bush is out of the hospital where he is receiving treatment for bronchitis. >> arthel: new round of meetings on capitol hill as president obama presses law makes to strike a deal. if they fail nearly all americans will see smaller paychecks and drastic cuts to federal spending. under the plan, the pentagon would lose about $500 billion over the next decade. cuts are so steep, defense secretary leon panetta saying that the military is not planning for it but without a deal this situation is days away from becoming a reality. so how will military leaders protect the country if this goes over the fiscal cliff is the question? let's bring in fox military analyst, job bob scales. let's break it down and tell me if we were to go over this cliff what would it mean in terms of the troops in morale and manpower? >> defense department is already given up half a trillion dollars over the next ten years. this doubles that to a full trillion dollars. what is
firefighters 62-year-old william spangler was perched like a sniper.firing off rounds towards the unsuspecting first responders. two were killed. 43 year old mike chiapperini who also served as the town's police department public information officer. and 19-year-old tomas kachoofka. kachoofka and chiapperini's son were best friends. two other firefighters who were shot are expected to recover. police say before dawn.the suspect, william spengler set a house and car on fire to lure the firefighters. as soon as they arrived, police say he started shooting. while police were looking for the shooter.the fire spread.engulfing 7 homes. the suspect was eventually found dead near the fire scene.after apparently shooting himself. and he was not even allowed to have a gun. spangler is a convicted felon.he was convicted of beating his 92-year-old grandmother to death with a hammer back in 19-80. spangler served 17 years - and police say it's unclear what his motive was for today's shooting. the town of webster, new york is now mourning. the joy of christmas replaced by pain and grief. >> 6:13 we will be
-old william spangler, who served prison time killing his grandmother more than 30 years ago shot at first responders who arrived at his burning house, spreading this six other homes. >> we are being shot at multiple firing. i am shot. i think he's using an assault rifle. >> he was equipped to go to war to killed innocent people. >> reporter: the gunman was well fortified with a . .38 caliber handgun, 12 gauge shotgun and bushmaster, the same as in the connecticut shooting. two firefighters were killed and two others hospitalized. spangler, police say, killed himself. they revealed human remains were found in spangler's burned house and authorities suspect they belong to his missing sister. >> motive is always the burning question and we will never know what was going through his mind. >> reporter: police are investigating whether the death of his 91-year-old mother in october and donation she made to the fire department could help explain the motive for his christmas eve shootings. >>> former president w.h. bush remains in the hospital this morning where he spent christmas wes his wife, b
the police read a night that spangler wrote. he wrote i have to see how much of the neighborhood to burn down and do what i love to do best which is killing people. >> he wanted to kill as many people but as far as motives and we don't know. >> his 67-year old sister died in the incident and they lived together in one of the houses that burnt and spang letter started the fire and luring firefighters so he can kill them. >> lured first responders and he armed himself heavily and taken up an area of cover near a tree and immediately started firing upon the responders. >> authorities said he shot firefighters, 43 mike and 19-year old tomas. two other firefighters were shot and are in serious but stable condition and spangler served years in prison after beating his grant mother with a hammer back in 1981. i'm grant lewis, 4 news. >> the gun man had three guns with him and a semi automatic and the same weapon used in the school shooting. >>> coming up with the fiscal washington in hopes of an avoiding a costly new year. >>> all right. match ups on christmas day in the nba and we'll give you highl
. >> reporter: police believe 63- year-old william spangler intentionally set fire to a house and car in order to lure first responders to his neighborhood. >> oh i'm sorry, i just -- it's just christmas. i mean who targets people on christmas? >> reporter: authorities say spangler injured two volunteer firefighters and killed two more before shooting himself. 19-year-old thomas k achouka was filled in for married firefighters. mike ciporini was named firefighter of the year two weeks ago. >> so it's very -- it's a very difficult situation. >> reporter: condolences have been pouring into this fire station from around the world. and now two families are spending their christmas making funeral arrangements. >> right now we're organizing what we need to do to bury two of our members. >> reporter: and the death toll could grow higher. spangler's sister is unaccounted for. police believe she and others might have been trapped in the fire that consumed seven houses. >> so we can get into those homes and see you know, god i'm hoping that everyone was able to escape from the inferno. >> reporter: poli
firefighters and injured three other first responders were set by this man, convicted felon william spangler. he may have also killed his sister. remains were found in the house. there was a chilling note read in part by police chief gerald pickerring. >> i still have to see how much of the neighborhood i can get rid of and burn down and do what i like to do best, killing people. >>reporter: the chief says the note makes clear spangler's intent, but his motive for murdering volunteer firefighters mike chipperini and mike chachucka and setting homes on fire is unknown. he served 17 years in prison for killing his grandmother with a hammer. it's illegal for convicted felons to own guns, but spangler had three in his collection, a bushmaster. >> spangler armed himself heavily and started firing on first responders. essentially it was a combat condition. >>reporter: the two most seriously injured firefighters, john hossstetter and aaron scardino remain in stable condition. john ritter, the first who engage the gunman was treated and released. >> we'll get through it. >>reporter: the community
. according to police in upstate, new york. is he an ex-con named william spangler. he gathered an arsenal before setting his house on fire yesterday. that's when the firefighters responded and he started shooting. >> this was a clear ambush and first responders. spangler had armed himself heavily; taken up area of cover and national depression in a bank near a tree. >> deliberate it sounds like. of the four firefighters he shot he killed two and wounded two others before killing himself. in that news conference today, they said he left behind a typewritten note, several pages long. the police chief read aloud the single stunning line. >> quote: i still have to get ready to see how much of the neighborhood i can burn down and do what i like doing best, killing people. end quote. >> spangler's criminal record, he served 17 years in prison for beating his 92-year-old grandmother with a hammer to death. that murder took place at the house right next to the site of yesterday's fighter attack. investigators say the shooter had three weapons with him. this time including a pump action shotgun,
spangler was thinking when he took the lives of two firefighters and injuring two others. now we know the evil intent was to cause as much carnage as possible. when volunteer firefighters arrived at the home of spangler, they didn't know they would be ambushed. he took his own life and he left a note. authorities won't reveal the entire content but what they did share, offering chilling detail about his plans. >> i will read one of the sentence from the two or three page type-written note that really clearly goes to his intent. "i still have to get ready to see how much of the neighborhood i can burn down. and do what i like doing best: killing people." >> reporter: police say as a convicted felon he was not allowed to notes is firearms. he had three guns, including a bush master semi-automatic rifle. the same weapon used in newtown, connecticut, massacre and he had plenty of ammunition. >> talking to investigators, there was a large number of rounds. he was equipped to go to war. >> following the shooting authorities have been trying to locate spangler's sister for whom he had a stra
. >> reporter: investigators say ex-con william spangler started this christmas aye fire and gunned down first responders when they arrived. the 62-year-old took his own life but left behind a note detailing his plan. >> he was going to go burn as many houses as possible and do whatever he was going to and this is kill people. the note does not explain why spangler wanted to kill. we have been shot at. multiple filings down. >> spangler had three guns, including a bushmaster 223, the same kind of weapon used in the newtown, connecticut, school shooting. two firefighters were killed. seven homes across the water behind me were lost in the fire. investigators searching the crime scene are looking for any clues as to why the gunman did this. spangler had violent pass. he spent 17 years in prison for killing his grand mother with a hammer. he moved back in 1998, sharing this home with his sister. investigators found a body in his home and believe it may have been his sister. >> we believe it may have met foul play, programs by spangler. >> reporter: at the firehouse h con dole lenses and letters
in the hospital. police say excon william spangler armed himself with three weapons and set his house on fire to lure first responders into a trap. he then killed himself. spangler left a note saying he wanted to burn down the neighborhood and kill as many people as possible. he did not give a motive of the. >>> a solemn night in newtown, connecticut where a candlelight vigil is over. many from around the town, country and even the world stopped in the small connecticut town to pay respects of the victims of the shootings and the families. a sidewalk memorial with thousands of cards and momentos has been building for day days. 26 candles, each for one of the victims, burned for 24 hours with volunteers standing watch to make sure the flame didn't go out. >> we noah lot of people touched and affected by this. they really just love that everyone is here supporting them from all over the world. >> police officers from neighboring towns volunteered to relief members of the newtown police department so they could spend christmas with their family. a wonderful gesture. >>> in san francisco voluntee
for the firefighters. two others remain in the hospital. police say excon william spangler armed himself with three weapons and set his house on fire to lure first responders into a trap. he then killed himself. spangler left a note saying he wanted to burn down the neighborhood and kill as many people as possible. he did not give a motive of the. >>> a solemn night in newtown, connecticut where a candlelight vigil is over. many from around the town, country and even the world stopped in the small connecticut town to pay respects of the victims of the shootings and the families. a sidewalk memorial with thousands of cards and momentos has been building for day days. 26 candles, each for one of the victims, burned for 24 hours with volunteers standing watch to make sure the flame didn't go out. >> we noah lot of people touched and affected by this. they really just love that everyone is here supporting them from all over the world. >> police officers from neighboring towns volunteered to relief members of the newtown police department so they could spend christmas with their family. a wonderful gest
, william spangler burned his home yesterday and waited for first responders. he was armed a gun, a shot gun and a rifle. he opened fire when crews arrived. arrived. two firefighters were killed. >> just always there for you. you just take them for granted. you don't -- >> two more wounded are still in the hospital on this christmas day. spangler took his own life. his rifle is the same make and caliber weapon used by the newtown shooter. >>> families in connecticut are trying to find solace on this christmas day. the town is still reeling from the shooting that killed 26 people at the sandy hook elementary more than a week ago. residents say it's important to still celebrate christmas. >> fortunately we have many, many kids that are still here. it's all about them and being with family. we take one hour at a time one minute at a time. >> police officers will get christmas day off to spend it with their families. officers from surrounding towns will cover the shifts. >>> 50,000 gathered to hear the pope's message today. >> dear brothers and sisters in rom experience throughout the world
into william spangler's family relationships. for a start, there is is his mother. she died in october. he was apparently very close to her then there was this obituary published in a local paper. donations be sent to the firemen's association. they are looking for any sort of connection there. secondly spangler's sister cheryl, it's believed it was the charred remains of her body that were found in the wreckage of the home. then, of course, there is his grandmother. back in 1980, william spangler killed his own grandmother with a hammer. he served 17 years for that crime. and, of course, as a convicted felon, he is not even legally allowed to own any guns we're just hearing from the atf tonight that they have now found both the buyer and the seller of the weapons that spangler had. that obviously also a important part of this investigation, harris. >> harris: more to come. jonathan hunt on the story for us tonight. thank you. a top general on the syrian military that's killing its own people has reportedly joined the rebels. the head of the syrian military police force aired on news netwo
firefighters arrived at the home of adam spangler they did not know they would be ambushed. spangler left a note, detectives will not release the entire content. >> i have to make sure i burn as many homes i can. >> reporter: he had with him three guns including a semi automatic rifle. the same weapon used in the newtown connecticut massacre. he also had plenty of ammunition. >> when i was being told by investigators there were a lot of ammunition around. he was ready to go to war. >> reporter: authorities say they believe they found his sister's remains in the house the two shared and that spangler set ablaze. >> we did locate apparent human remains in the ruins. the assumption is that it's the shooter's sister. >> reporter: why spangler the set off the attack nobody knows. when spangl er's mother recently died she asked for doe neighs to the fire department. we may never know what was going through his mind. >>> it was a somber christmas in newtown connecticut as the sidewalk memorial for the 26 victims killed at an elementary school almost two weeks ago continues to grow. today volunte
of this attack. >> reporter: when firefighters arrived at the home of adam spangler they did not know they would be ambushed. spangler left a note, detectives will not release the entire content. >> i have to make sure i burn as many homes i can. >> reporter: he had with him three guns including a semi automatic rifle. the same weapon used in the newtown connecticut massacre. he also had plenty of ammunition. >> when i was being told by investigators there were a lot of ammunition around. he was ready to go to war. >> reporter: authorities say they believe they found his sister's remains in the house the two shared and that spangler set ablaze. >> we did locate apparent human remains in the ruins. the assumption is that it's the shooter's sister. >> reporter: why spangler the set off the attack nobody knows. when spangl er's mother recently died she asked for doe neighs to the fire department. we may never know what was going through his mind. >>> it was a somber christmas in newtown connecticut as the sidewalk memorial for the 26 victims killed at an elementary school almost two weeks ago conti
. family, friends, and fellow gathered to honor him. d by william spangler. firefighters arrived to a fire he deliberately on christmas eve. >> he was so generous and loving and thoughtful. my best friend. even though i am surrounded by people, it is an incredible lonely feeling. .y heart is broken >> another firefighter was killed. two other firefighters were .ounded >> a very cold night around parts, but are >> hopefully, you are planning bundle up. >> this is going to be the best forecast ever. the winds have finally diminished. >> temperatures have been plummeting. are temperatures are falling quickly. -- our temperatures are falling quickly. it has been a crisp and cold evening. reagan national airport, 33 degrees. average for this time of year is mid-40's. silver spring is now at 30 degrees. a high today of 38, at same height in alexandria. -- the same height in alexandria. -- high in alexandria. the really cold air is off to the west of us. it is now in the teens. look for these temperatures out to the west to fall by another 8-12 degrees. closer towards the bay, temperatures will b
.police say 62-year- old william spangler was perched like a sniper.firing off rounds towards the unsuspecting first responders. two were killed. 43 year old mike chiapperini >> people of a pickup in the middle of the night to go out and fight fires do not expect to be killed. >> - who also served as the town's police department public information officer. and 19-year-old tomasz kachoofka. kachoofka and chiapperini's son were best friends. two other firefighters who were shot are expected to recover. police say before dawn.the suspect, william spengler set a house and car on fire to lure the firefighters. as soon as they arrived, police say he started shooting. while police were looking for the shooter.the fire spread.engulfing 7 homes. the suspect was eventually found dead near the fire scene.after apparently shooting himself. and he was not even allowed to have a gun. spangler is a convicted felon.he was convicted of beating his 92-year-old grandmother to death with a hammer back in 19-80. spangler served 17 years - and police say it's unclear what his motive was for today's shooting. the t
to the scene. police say they found a three- page note that was left behind by spangler. >> he intended to burn his neighborhood down and kill as many people as possible before stopping. but as far as motive, all kinds of speculation and truthfully we do not know. >> spangler served 17 years in prison for the murder of his grandmother. two other officers were hurt in the shooting and seven homes in spangler's neighborhood were busht. >>> 4:37. back to the weather, things very severe yesterday across the southern u.s. and the midwest. oklahoma got hammered. >> so what's in store for today? here's meteorologist mike massco. >> how about everything we're expecting across the area. look at this, this is our planner. notice again just a chilly morning out there, 33 degrees. but here comes the snow, guys. it's going to be a burst of snow for the city, most spots over the eastern shore not going to be the deal. and then you go towards the north and west it will be an icy mix. 38 around 1:00 with heavy raines and gusty winds and rains developing around the 4:00 hour. the breakdown, snow to rain. a dus
by shooting himself in the head. police have identified that shooter as 62-year-old william spangler. they say he lived at one of the houses that went up in flames and he previously served 17 years in prison on a manslaughter conviction for killing his grandmother. earlier today, the police chief broke down as he announced the status of each victim. >> firemen was deceased at the scene. fireman microchipirino who is a lieutenant with the western police department was deceased at the scene. [voice shaking] >> jamie: the police is clearly shaken. he won his department's firefighter of the year award just weeks ago and he helped in the recovery effort as super storm sandy struck the east coast. cuomo issued a statement part of which reads quote: we as a community mourn they're loss as two more families must spend the holidays without their loved ones. david lee miller in our new york city newsroom with more on this. david lee, what more do we know about the gunman at this hour. >> william spangler was an ex-con. he beat his own grandmother to death back in 19 0. at the time he was charged with s
the killer. 62-year-old william spangler used the same make and caliber rifle that was used in the newtown attack. police yesterday read from a typed letter that spangler left behind. >> i still have to get ready to see how much of the neighborhood i can burn down and do what i like doing best, killing people. >> we'll get through it. very sad. >> the death toll from the fires is up to three now. now that police have found the remains of spangler's sister in his burned out house. two firefighters shot in the attack also remain hospitalized. >> you talk about the weapons used, that similar weapon is that bushmaster .223. he had a smith and wesson .38 caliber revolver. and 12-gauge shotgun. the question remains how this man got these firearms because he's not legally able to have them as a convicted felon. >> the other side of the story is were there warning signs? was there an indication that this person was about to commit an atrocity like this and we're hearing now when he moved in, neighbors were talking about him, saying things about him killing his mother -- his grandmother. the warnin
spangler was perched like a sniper.firing off rounds towards the unsuspecting first responders. two were killed. 43 year old mike chiapperini who also served as the town's police department public information officer. and 19-year-old tomas kachoofka. kachoofka and chiapperini's son were best friends. >> people get up in the middle of the night to put out fires they do not expect to be shot at. >> two other firefighters who were shot are expected to recover. police say before dawn.the suspect, william spengler set a house and car on fire to lure the firefighters. as soon as they arrived, police say he started shooting. while police were looking for the shooter.the fire spread.engulfing 7 homes. the suspect was eventually found dead near the fire scene.after apparently shooting himself. and he was not even allowed to have a gun. spangler is a convicted felon.he was convicted of beating his 92-year-old grandmother to death with a hammer back in 19-80. spangler served 17 years - and police say it's unclear what his motive was for today's shooting. the town of webster, new york is now mournin
. authorities say the gunman who took his own life is identified at 52-year-old william spangler he had a criminal past. >> spangler is a convicted felon, he's not allowed to possess weapons. did he legally the acquire the weapons? the answer is no. >>> authorities say the gunman spangler had been convicted and paroled after beating his grandmother to death with a hammer in the 80s. tonight authorities say his sister is unaccounted for after the fire. >>> san francisco firefighters today said they were saddened and shocked about the events in up state new york. they say all firefighters share a common bond and the attack affects them all deeply. >> we share a very traumatic experiences with each other and anybody who's in this line of work understands that and we just have that connection. >>> san francisco fires mindy townage says that the fire makes them think of their -- >>> tonight clogman has died. he starred on the odd couple along with tony randall. he played the slob next to randall. later he starred on the series quincy and e playing a corner detective. he won three emmy's fo
william spangler at the time set a fire on christmas eve. and when first responders got there, he started shooting at them. he killed two of them. wounded three other people before committing suicide. now, investigators are charging one of spangler's former neighbors with buying two guns for him. >> providing your own name when buying a firearm instead of the true owner's name is sometimes referred as acting as a straw purchaser. and that is exactly what today's complaint alleges. >> harris: spangler is a convicted felon, barred from owning buying himself weapons. investigators say the former neighbor bought a bush master ar 15 rifle like the one seen here and a 12 gauge shotgun for spangler. new york city dropping its murder rate ton a all-time low. a very different situation though in the other city you see on your screen chicago. the windy city. details coming up. while new york's crime scene one way. another person pushed to his death from the plat form. now the search for a woman who witnesses say pushed that man on to the track. stay close. t rewards for his small business! your boa
and shotgun at a sporting goods store for william spangler in 2010, but lied, saying she was going to be the legal owner. the man set a fire and use the guns to shoot the first firefighters who arrived on scene. he then killed himself. the woman faces 10 years in prison if convicted. the gun show had its biggest turnout ever in chantilly today. it is the biggest gun show on the east coast. sales of assault rifles and ammunition have never been better. many of the people attending said they are purchasing guns now, before congress and bans assault rifles in the wake of the new town shootings. a $60 billion relief package approved for victims of hurricane sandy pass 62-32 in the senate. its fate in the senate -- in the house remains uncertain. republicans have criticized the bill for including projects they say are unrelated to hurricane sandy, such as $150 million for fisheries disasters. coming up, it is a clear night but things will be changing soon. the "storm watch forecast. plus what this unsuspecting virginia woman got instead of an ipad. >> new at 11:00, same-sex couples in m
. two others remain in the hospital. police say excon william spangler armed himself with three weapons and set his house on fire to lure first responders into a trap. he then killed himself. spangler left a note saying he wanted to burn down the neighborhood and kill as many people as possible. he did not give a motive of the. >>> a solemn night in newtown, connecticut where a candlelight vigil is over. many from around the town, country and even the world stopped in the small connecticut town to pay respects of the victims of the shootings and the families. a sidewalk memorial with thousands of cards and momentos has been building for day days. 26 candles, each for one of the victims, burned for 24 hours with volunteers standing watch to make sure the flame didn't go out. >> we noah lot of people touched and affected by this. they really just love that everyone is here supporting them from all over the world. >> police officers from neighboring towns volunteered to relief members of the newtown police department so they could spend christmas with their family. a wonderful gesture. >>>
new york burned seven homes to the ground, but police say william spangler wanted to do much worse. he planned to burn down the entire neighborhood and "do what i like doing best, killing people." the 62-year-old shot at firefighters from a nearby bank. he killed two of them before taking his own life. police found his note and three guns, including a bushmaster rifle, similar to the weapon used m connecticut school shooting. >> he is a convicted felon. he had murdered his grandmother in 1980. he bludgeoned her to death with a hammer. >> reporter: he served 17 years in prison, and after being released moved in with his sisters. investigators found the body in the charred rubble of his home and believe it could be his sister's. the firehouse has opened up its private medical for the men killed. people are leaving behind mrourz flowers and notes of thanks to honor the firefighters who lost their lives. 19-year-old thomas was filling in for a married firefighter so they could spend christmas. he was just named firefighter of the year two weeks ago. in his note spangler never explained why
yesterday. here's more on the history of the shooter, william spangler. >> reporter: during the chaotic scene while the fire rapidly spread from home to home, the first webster police officer to arrive managed to exchange fire with spangler, who laid in wait. >> we're sure he's at a high- point advantage near a berm in the home where he barricaded or set himself up with his weapons to shoot the innocent responder. and i will say that one of the first webster police officers to respond engaged the shooter and probably in all likelihood save mid lives. >> reporter: spangler's criminal past dates back to 1980 when channel 13 reported on the death of his grandmother. >> 92-year-old package her lived alone at this house for over 40 years and was found dead of the floor on the dwelling by her grandson william spangler who lives next door. spangler discovered the body around 12:45 p.m. police in webster stayed mrs. spangler was beaten with some kind of blunt instrument. >> reporter: the blunt instrument was a hammer and spangler would be convicted of manslaughter 1981 and remained in p
of 2 shots. 62 year-old william spangler said his home and car on fire on christmas eve morning in a planned attack. he opened fire on the first to fire fighters to a ride on the scene. another body found inside the spangler always believed to be as sister. he also wounded two other firefighters and an off-duty police officer. he was convicted of a convicted felon who served 17 years for killing his grandmother with a hammer. >> taking a look at the quiet golden gate bridge and traffic is nice and light. north of santa rosa is 34 degrees. such a chilly morning. we will see a high there of 51. we will be back with more. >> 640 6:43 a.m. and 18 year-old man is in critical condition this morning after he was shot several times at the pittsburgh a point bart station. police received reports of the shooting just before 7:00 last night. the victim was transported to john muir medical center with life-threatening injuries that needed surgery. police have not yet located the gunman. a high-stakes meeting will be helped held in washington this afternoon as a nation edges closer to the fi
been released. police say a convicted felon, a man named william spangler is responsible for the deadly attack. police found a gruesome note, but his motive for killing two volunteer firefighters is still unclear. during the christmas holiday, community members gathered at the webster fire station showing support for the victims. >> [ indiscernable ] [ voice crackling ] >> police believe that spangler may have also killed his sister. they say a person's remains were found in that burnt out home that the two shared. the 62-year-old shooter has also served 17 years in prison for killing his grandmother with a hammer back in 1980. >>> news time now 5:33. people in newtown, connecticut are also dealing with devastation this holiday season. people there observed christmas with heavy hearts. it's been less than two weeks since the shooting happened at sandy hook elementary school. and in that killed 20 young children and six duments. a candlelight vigil was held all day long in newtown. 26 candles were lit monday at midnight. volunteers spent three hours in shifts making sure those candles
out a fire at william spangler's house. police say this woman, dawn wen, the gunman's neighbor, illegally bought those guns used in that ambush, that according to the u.s. attorney. >> the precise charge against dawn wen has to do with lying during her purchase of these two weapons. according to the publicly filed complaint, dawn wynn told the seller of these guns, ganlder mountain, located in henrietta, new york, that she was to be the true owner and buyer of the guns instead of william spangler. it is absolutely against federal law to provide any materially false information relating to the acquisition of firearms. >> the assault rifle and the shotgun that were found with spangler, he committed suicide. >>> this, meanwhile, is the sketch of a suspect in thursday's subway killing in new york city. the woman is said to be heavy set and in her 20s. witnesses say that she pushed 46-year-old sonando sen to his death. security cameras caught the woman fleeing the scene. it is the second subway murder this month in new york city. >>> now to a young woman who was gang-raped on a new
on christmas eve in upstate new york. there's the suspect right there. william spangler spent time in prison for murdering his grandmother. he shouldn't be access to weapons at all. police say that he left a note behind saying he was doing what he liked to do best, killing. they think in the burned remains to find his sister. they have found human remains but they haven't said whether or not it is his spangler's sister or lot. lynn, the fact that we're talking about this, do we do it now through the prism of newtown? he had also a weapon, the ar-15 rifle, one of the weapons that spangler used. do we look at it through the prism of newtown? >> newtown, virginia tech, columbine, northern illinois shootings, how many more do we need? so, you know, it's been said that newtown now might be the so-called tipping point. the -- i don't see yet and this will be an issue for the new congress coming in, because i can't imagine anything done in the lame duck session. what if i were wrong, that would be glad if there were some measures put in. i'm out front about that. the dynamic, i think, essentially h
, our men are hurt and they are not going to be home with their families now. >> reporter: spangler had killed before, spending 17 years in jail for beating his 92-year-old grandmother to death with a hammer in 1980, but authorities don't know why he decided to kill this time. tatyana anderson for cbs news, webster new york. >> reporter: police are searching for his sister last seen at the home she shared with him. >>> another community still reeling from a community is feeling some overwhelming love and from around the world. cards, letters, and money. it poured into newtown, connecticut, where 26 people died in a school shooting ten days ago. also arriving by the truckload, these toys. more than 60,000 filled an entire gymnasium, turning it into a makeshift toy store. every child in the community was invited to stop by and take one home. >>> the tragedy this christmas eve and the 90-year-old san jose woman was killed this afternoon when her toyota camry was hit by a second car at hilliard avenue in silver creek valley road. not clear how the accident happened, but the driver of the se
for killing his own grandmother. police in webster, new york say 62-year-old william spangler opened fire on first responders. four volunteer firefighters were then shot. two of them were killed including one who full time police lieutenant. investigators say he then killed himself. the fire spread to six other homes which were also destroyed. >> dan: fire departments are stunned and shocked that first responders were targeted. we spoke with san francisco firefighters about it today. sergio quintana is in the newsroom. no doubt they are stunned. >> reporter: absolutely. when two firefighters are killed on christmas eve, that is tragedy but new york investigators and first responders across the country are especially shocked because police believe the shooter may have settle a house on fire to lure emergency teams into a trap. firefighters responded to the early morning blaze and were almost immediately shot at. >> there was a car and house that was engulfed in flames probably set by him that lay in wait and then shot first responders. >> two prior to men were killed and two others were pi
identified as 62-year-old william spangler. whose home burned, he had a lengthy criminal history. he served 17 years for killing his grandmother with a hammer in 1980. no word of his motive. or where he got his guns. >> spangler was a convicted felon, he's not allowed to possess weapons. >> reporter: two firefighters are in stable condition in the hospital. 33 people were evacuated after the fire engulfed seven homes. >> it's a shock that something like this would happen. but for some reason violence is rearing its ugly head in this community and everywhere. >> reporter: paula faris, abc news, new york. >> and the police chief there said that he probably used several weapons and likely a rifle, which he brought up immediately. i know everyone is going to want to know if he used an assault rifle. they're looking into that. >> it's hard to imagine in the wake of newtown this will not again spur conversation how this guy had access to guns, the whole mental health angle again, killed his grandmother and set this plot for firefighters. i mean, it's hard to get your mind around this kind of viol
and killed in the job. ex-con william spangler shot down two firefight israel before taking his own life. he left a note. >> the note does not explain why he wanted to kill. >> we are being shot at. multiple fires in town. multiple fires shot. >> reporter: he had three guns, including a bushmaster 323, the same kind of weapon used in the connecticut school shooting. four people were killed, two died. seven homes across the water behind me were lost in the fire. investigators searching the crime scenes are looking for any clues why the gunman did that. he had a violent past. he spent 17 years in prison for killing his grandmother with a hammer. he got out in 1998 and moved back to this neighborhood sharing a home with his sister cheryl. investigators found a charred body in the hoped and police fear it may have been her. >> reporter: con dole lenses and letters of support continue to pour in from around the world and two families are forced to spend christmas making funeral angments. in western new york, tatiana anderson, cbs 5. >>> in vallejo, a car that police say was involved in a street r
their condolences. >> it is christmas. who targets people on -- i'm sorry. >> spangler has killed before. he spent 17 years in jail for beating 92-year-old grandmother to death. he has been out of prison since 1998 and police don't know why he apparently targeted the volunteer firefighters. one of them bud also a webster police lieutenant for 20 years -- was also a webster police lieutenant for 20 years. jennifer lewis hall for cbs news new york. >>> hand and wrist injuries are the most common and costly injuries around. the new program working to get patients back to work. >>> do you need as will minute gift for that impossible to shop for person. the unique gift ideas that may not reveal they were bought on christmas eve, coming up next. ,,,,,,,,,,,, packed saint peter's basili. veryone to >>> pope benedict the 16th delivered christmas eve mass a few hours ago. the pope asked everyone to remember the essence of christmas rather than a commercial celebration. a few hours before mass he lit a christmas peace candle and set it on the window sill of husband window overlook st. peters square. >>> an
spengler set his home on fire then fired at firefighters who responded to his call. police say spangler left a typewritten note saying he wanted to burn down the neighborhood and quote do what i like doing best, killing people. he then killed himself as seven houses burned around him. >>> empty shopping mall parking lots will be covered with cars tomorrow. what will be raining are a lot of gifts for refunds. >> it's been a day of presents and too many sweets for many of us. for others it's just another day on the job. we'll show you what it's like to work on christmas. [ laughter ] [ girl ] wow, you guys have it easy. i wish i had u-verse when i was your age. in my day, we didn't have these fancy wireless receivers. blah blah blah. if i had a sleepover, i couldn't just move the tv into the playroom. no. we had to watch movies in the den because that's where the tv outlet was. and if dad was snoring on the couch, we muscled through it. is she for real? your generation has it made. [ male announcer ] the wireless receiver only from at&t u-verse. get u-verse tv for $29 a month for six mont
. >> the victims are michael chiapperini and tomasz kaczowka. this is the man that killed them, william spangler. police say he had a long criminal record. the killing of the fireman has been making headlines in the u.s. where the gun has killed the innocent. >> it is really heartbreaking for these families and is people, and what they have to go through, and so close to a holiday. >> the shooting comes over one week after adam lanza killed 20 people at a school in newtown, connecticut, sparking a debate about gun nuts. >> we not only have to get a handle on gun control, but the mental health issue. we have been turning people lose, and i think we have gone too far. there are people that need to be in institutions that are a danger to themselves or others. >> president obama has announced a task force to look into gun control, and several members of congress are planning bills for the new year. some say it should not be so easy to buy a deadly weapon, but the gun lobby has made it clear they do not intend to give up the right to bear arms but with more innocent people die in by the bullet, somet
. >>> a lieutenant was one of the two firefighters shot, along with spangler on christmas eve. he ambushed him when he arrived on the scene of the fire. he serve odd didn't force of the webster police department, hundreds of firefighters and police from buffalo, rochester and across new york state were in attendance, paying respects to their fallen brother. >>> time for five things to know after almostel 80 years in print, news week magazine will put out the last edition today, the magazine will go on line at a on line only format, the news and commentary site for the beast. subscription to the publication will cost $4.99 for a single copy. >>> hugo chavez is in delegate condition as he continues recovering from cancer surgery. he has new complications. he announced he was battling cancer in 2011. >>> z burgers is offering a delicious way to end 2012, giving away free cheeseburgers, know the secret password resolution. z burgers is located in white marsh and the dc area. >>> 315 million people living in the u.s. on new years day. that's according to the census bureau's projection. 315million people
was accused of buying guns for william spangler. officials say she knew he was not supposed to have the guns because he was a felon. >>> a strike has been averted now between shoreman on the gulf. both sides agreed to contract extension until january 28th. without the extension dock workers from boston to texas could have gone on strike on saturday at midnight. >>> a federal judge has given preliminary approval to a billion dollar class action settlement against toyota motor company. toyota says the deal will resolve hundreds of lawsuits from motorists who say the value of their vehicles dropped after a series of recalls. owners will receive information about the settlement and possibly cash. >>> well imagine opening a box and finding a letter inside from someone begging you to help them. that's what happened to a woman who says she was getting ready to decorate her house for halloween. she found the letter in a halloween grave yard kit. when she opened it up this year, she found a letter in broken english asking her to send the letter along to a human rights organization. >> the headstones
, another tragic incident began bringing the gun control debate front and center. william spangler lit his home on fire in a plot to murder first responders. when the volunteer fire department arrived spangler shot at firefighters from a ditch. he killed two firefighters and wounded two others before killing himself. his sister was believed to be found dead in the home. police believe he used a bushmaster .223 caliber rifle. the same gun used in the newtown shooting. >> people go out in the middle of the night to put out fires and don't expect to be shot and killed. >> you're telling me it's not a matter of common sense if you don't have the ability to shoot off 30 rounds without reloading that just possibly you could reduce the loss of life. adam lanza would not have been able to kill as many people as he did -- >> i don't buy your argument for a minute. >> not a single republican lawmaker has come out in favor of an assault weapons ban. even gop strategist frank luntz thinks the nra is out of touch. >> most americans would protect the second american rights and yet agree with the idea th
in the house of representatives. new details out of webster, new york. william spangler set a car and house on fire and ambushed firefighters, opening fire on them as they arrive on the scene. police found a note he left behind saying he wanted to burn down the neighborhood and do what i like doing best, killing people. a convicted felon who spent 17 years in prison for killing his grandmother with a hammer was armed with three firearms including a bushmaster, the same gun used in the school massacre. he may have killed his sister and the home had human remains believed to be hers. >> police say spangler took his own life. governor neal abercrombie, democrats are urging a swift deployment so the replacement can on a deficit deal. of abercrombie's options, congresswoman colleen anabusha and senator inouye's dying wish is for her to take his place in the senate. it's hard to compete with that. on christmas day, ralph hall became the oldest person ever to serve in the u.s. house. paul beats the record set by north carolina rep who died in office in 1930 at the age of 89 years, seven months and
is facing federal charges. police say she shot the semiautomatic rifle and shotgun that wrim spangler used to shoot four firefighters on christmas eve. spangler later killed himself. he was convicted of killing his grandmother back in the 1980s. as a felon was not allowed to even own a gun. >> they're notorious for no background checks. >> protesters made their voices heard outside the nation's gun show at the dulles expo center. two weeks after the deadly shootings in newtown, krk countering, lines at the center stretched far into the parking lot. gun show attendens and gun sales have been on the increase since the new town shootings as gun rights activists worried about tightening rules. >>> in district heights, neighbors held their own vigil. 24th doesn't interrupt anyone, but still made their presence known. prince george's county bureau chief tracee wilkins is live with how they took their message right to a local gun shop. tracee? >> reporter: organizers say that today's demonstration was not a protest, not yet, but was a vigil. they were remembering those lost in newtown. >> in we c
serious questions about how he was able to obtain firearms. >> spangler was a convicted felon, he's not allowed to possess weapons. did he legally possess the weapons? no. >> we've had all kinds of weapons larcenies, in wayne county and around, we don't know where the guns came from. still missing is his 68-year-old sister with whom he had a strange relationship. the fire made it difficult to search for other victims. when his mother died two years ago the obituary asked for donations to the west webster fireman's association, the very same department where the victims all served as volunteers. >> what a grim story on this christmas day. we appreciate that update, please keep us informed as we continue to follow the story. jaime. >> a u.s. airways jet briefly catching fire at sky harbor airport in phoenix. a spokesperson for the airlines says the crews were running maintenance jets on the jet's actio auction power system. no injuries reported. >> po*ep depope benedict xvi r-r deliverindelivering the christmas day message appealing for the end of the blood sed taking place in syria
ambush when they responded to a house fire and they were gunned down by 62-year-old william spangler. police also arresting 24-year-old dawn nguyen for illegally purchasing the gun that spangler used in that rampage. now the community of webster is stepping up to make sure that the visiting firefighters have a place to stay. the hampton inn in webster is expecting between 100 and 150 of those firefighters and thanks to many generous donations, a lot of them will stay at the hotel free of charge. that's certainly very nice of them. local fire departments are also offering a lodging for out of town firefighters. >>> meantime, teachers and students, they are preparing to return to the classroom with memories of the sandy hook tragedy still treasure in their minds. and now more teachers are preparing to fight back if something similar were to happen at their school. a record number of utah faculty attending a seminar to learn to use weapons in the classroom. one teach there are saying that he hopes carrying a gun will act as a deterrent for future attacks. >> i think criminals might hit
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